Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Guest Post! Racquel Castro and #HeistClub

I was so skeptic in joining #HeistClub for it talked about dark souls and offenses. As a born again Christian, I have to show them that people was not born evil. I could make a story that would open the eyes of every man that being evil was always a decision. It has pros and cons; every evil man has his reason. It maybe envy, revengeful heart, or seeking justice. Everyone has needs; some people seek their needs in the wrong way. I answered the challenge by Mina V. Esguerra to write crime fiction because I wanted to expand my horizon and learn from the best Filipino crime fiction authors. The class started September 20 up to November 7, 2015. We had assignments regarding our Introduction, Concept or Story Description, First Three Pages, Last Three Pages, and the Final, Edited story.

After the schedule was given, we were blessed to start with a long inspiring message from F.H. Batacan, the author of Smaller and Smaller Circles. After that, Kevin Uy shared the topic of valuable things that we treasured. Aside from Tips on Good Pacing and the formula of a typical thriller by Jennifer Hiller, the author of Creep, Juliet Grames, who is currently with Soho Press, shared the tips for the aspiring crime fiction authors.

I personally enjoyed the lessons by R.J. Taduran, a forensic anthropologist; CSI 101, Forensic Behavioral Science and Evidence 101.

In choosing for the perfect crime fiction for me, I scraped out murder and ended up researching about theft. Aside from the fact that many crime fiction dealt with murder, I really cannot imagine myself writing a murder story.

I considered embezzlement first but after watching the news about ATM Fraud, I already have the idea to write a crime story about the schemes of ATM Fraud because everyone has an ATM Card.

The choice of a ruthless female antagonist was a right decision that I made so far. The scary part for me has to be day dreaming of a woman with a gun on one hand and stilettos on the other hand. Why is it that the main character, Gabe Jacinto, was a millionaire? It is because I wanted the readers to see a millionaire risking his life for some good reason. Other characters to watch for are Cherry and Manuel.

The subplot of Chasing an ATM Schemer is romance. What do you expect with a romance writer like me? We breathe romance and as we explore different literary genres, it will have a romance subplot. Expect romance blooming on the next book.

Lastly, I have to say that writing crime fiction is more than the love for writing because it is mainly a privilege and a responsibility. I really enjoyed it seeing every reader aware, vigilant and satisfied. Their comments and reviews are a boost to make the second book even more exciting.

Punishment is a part of justice. You will see how God works in the heart of every man; reminding them the greatest gift of all, forgiveness.


Gabe Jacinto is assigned to capture a lady ATM Schemer, Teri Francisco. When Teri heard that he was dating the beautiful Carrie Rios, she plots on using her to trap the fraud hunter. Will Gabe risk his life and money to save Carrie even though he knows her true identity?
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About the author: 
Racquel Sarah A. Castro is living with Cerebral Palsy. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in AMA Computer College-Binan Campus. She always wanted to inspire people in all ways. She also desires to prove the goodness of God through her life. Racquel is living with her parents in Binan City, Laguna, Philippines. She is a geek, a math tutor, a food addict, a web designer, and a free lance programmer. Her family is currently a ground volunteer of Basics Global, a non-profit organization based in Dubai, UAE. She also leads a music ministry branch in Jesus Christ Rules Bible Christian Church. She aspires to be an emissary of People with Disabilities. She started the campaign on Novel Cerebral Palsy Awareness Drive by featuring her disability on her works.

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